University of Pennsylvania

School of Medicine

Pharmacological Sciences



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.-Pharmacological Sciences

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Thematic programs in the Graduate Group in Pharmacological Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania include cancer pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, cell signaling, environmental health sciences, neuropharmacology, pharmacogenetics and pharmacological chemistry (see Thematic Programs). There are no formal boundaries between these programs, allowing students to explore many of these topics in both required and elective coursework (see Academics). New exciting thematic directions continue to evolve reflecting interests of our dynamic faculty and natural development of the discipline. The close relationship between the Graduate Group, the Department of Pharmacology, and the Institute for the Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) allows students to participate in translational research where fundamental discoveries in the laboratory are taken through stages of discovery and development and culminate in the clinical studies aimed at improving the health care.

To provide students with both broad-based training in the pharmacological sciences and in-depth exposure to specialized aspects of pharmacology, we provide core courses in pharmacology within a highly flexible program where electives are matched to the specific interests of each student in the selected thematic areas. In addition to these didactic courses, in depth research rotations in the labs and literature survey courses, students' scientific development is enriched through multiple opportunities to further and present their research: students participate in various seminar series featuring world-caliber renowned scientists, journal clubs, and an annual off-campus student symposium and attend a variety of national scientific meetings. We put special emphasis on training students in key aspects of their academic and research careers - writing grants and papers, critical reviewing of work of the peers, presenting their results, professional networking and career planning.



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International Student Requirements:

BGS requires the general GRE for all applicants and the TOEFL for students for whom English is not the native language. We will waive the TOEFL for students who have studied at a U.S. or other approved English-instructed institution for 2 or more years. Biomedical Graduate Studies seeks to recruit the most talented students from a variety of international institutions. However, please be advised that we can only accept a small number of foreign students. Competition for these positions is intense, and thus we advise prospective applicants to be sure our graduate programs are a good fit for their research interests and abilities. Successful applicants will have extensive training in their area of proposed study, very strong academic records, and high GRE and TOEFL scores

Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): Fully funded fellowship

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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